When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Missouri.
Where exactly in Missouri is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Kennett as the best place to hang up your cleats.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Missouri that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Kennett don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Show Me State to retire for 2019:
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.
For Missouri state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Missouri
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Missouri
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State for 2019
To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State — 1019 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 71 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 71, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Kennett, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Kennett is a city in and the county seat of Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The city is located in the southeast corner of Missouri, 4 miles east of Arkansas and 20 miles from the Mississippi River. It has a population of 10,932 according to the 2010 Census. It is the largest city in the Bootheel, a mostly agricultural area.
St. Ann is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in mid St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,020 at the 2010 census.
Mexico, formerly known as New Mexico, is a city in Audrain County, Missouri. The population was 11,543 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat, home to the Missouri Military Academy, and annually hosts the Miss Missouri Pageant. The micropolitan statistical area consists of Audrain County.
Cameron is a city in Clinton and DeKalb counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 9,933 at the 2010 census.
Kirkwood is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 27,540. Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.
Maryville is a city and county seat of Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,972. Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Technical School, and the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.
St. Peters is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The 2010 census showed the city’s population to be 52,575 tied for 10th with Blue Springs, Missouri.
Webster Groves is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri. The population was 22,995 at the 2010 census.
Liberty is a city in Clay County, Missouri and is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census the population was 29,149. Liberty is the county seat of Clay County. Liberty is home to William Jewell College.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Missouri Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to Kennett.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
For more Missouri reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Missouri
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